Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Lake Louise, Canada is a beautiful place to learn the signs and symptoms of hearing loss.

Hearing loss affects millions of men, women, and children every year. Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in a person’s ability to detect sounds, pitch, frequency, or words. It can be related to aging, noise, disease, or heredity. The common signs and symptoms of hearing loss aren't always recognized for what they are. Learning the signs and symptoms of hearing loss can help you and your loved ones to recognize this condition.

Loud Television Volume--Needing to turn the television up louder than others say is comfortable.

Tinnitus--A ringing or buzzing in the ears that can be high pitched, intermittent or constant.

Inability to Hear High-Pitched Sounds-- A phone ringing, a child's cry, the trill of a bird are high-pitched sounds that can begin to fade as a person develops hearing loss.

Asking to Have Things Repeated-- If you or your loved one asks to have parts of conversations repeated or responds inappropriately to things said, it is time to see an audiologist.

Inability to Hear Female or Child Voices--Consistently feeling that women or children are mumbling.

Inability to Understand in Crowds--Not being able to hear what people are saying in a crowded restaurant or room.

Depression—Untreated hearing loss can lead to feelings of isolation and depression that are quite often misconstrued.

Lip Reading--
Lip reading is a subtle habit that people who have hearing loss develop almost unconsciously.

Overcompensation--Speaking too loudly, laughing when uncertain, and misreading social cues are all signs of hearing loss.
Pretense--Smiling, nodding, or pretending to understand what has been said.

Forgetfulness-- Research done on Alzheimer's and dementia show that there is an increased risk of these conditions if a person is suffering from hearing loss. According to Dr. Jonathan Peelle that's because, “Even subtle changes in hearing appear to have an impact on the brain.”

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